Pep Guardiola never guarantees playing time to any of his players.
The Catalan manager’s infamous rotational policy was seen in matches against Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the club friendlies.
Guardiola told several times how he does not have a set starting eleven in mind and picks players in accordance with the opponent.
John Stones who has been at the club since 2016 is familiar with Pep’s habit of constantly chopping and changing.
He said to Manchester Evening News: “The main thing that we’ve got is incredible people in our squad.
“We all know that we’re all going to play a major part within our team.
“We obviously all want to play every week but at the same time, we all know that the manager uses us all and in different situations and against different teams.
“Because we all have different individual qualities that are better for certain teams or players or whatever that might be.”
Stones continued, “He keeps us on our toes and keeps us fighting and pushing us against each other.
“But something special is we have just a defensive unit that all of us want each other to do well if the other person is playing.”